Steve Smith no longer wants to be Carolina Panthers’ No. 1 wide receiver.
In a surprise unsolicited call to WFNZ-AM’s Mac Attack program on Monday morning, Smith said he hopes the team finds a player either through the draft or free agency who can take over that role and allow him to do other things in the offense over the next few seasons. Smith, entering his 10th NFL season, turns 31 later this year.
“I would like a younger guy to come in and eventually take my spot. I don’t want to be a number one anymore,” Smith told the show’s hosts Chris McClain and Jim Celania. “I don’t want to be a guy who can’t let go of something he’s going to have to let go of.”